Outside Threats to the Image-Guided Bone Pain Relief Market

Outside Threats to the Image-Guided Bone Pain Relief Market

Radiology dominates the rapidly increasing market for image-guided ablation for bone pain, most often caused by cancer that has metastasized to the bones. Upwards of 80% of metastatic breast, lung, and prostate cancers develop osseous metastases as the patient’s cancer spreads to the bones. Over three-quarters of these patients develop pain. Mona Ranade, MD, an…

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Omicron’s Impact on PET-CT Scans

Omicron's Impact on PET-CT Scans

The Omicron variant may be responsible for a new FDG PET/CT uptake pattern discovered early this year. The Society for Nuclear Imaging and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) COVID-19 Task Force issued a news release on January 14, 2022, recommending that radiologists consider a previously undetected FDG PET/CT pattern may be associated with the Omicron variant of…

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Medicare Spending For Diagnostic Radiology $890 Million Below Expected Levels for 2020

Medicare Spending For Diagnostic Radiology $890 Million Below Expected Levels for 2020 REVISED

Data released by the American Medical Association on December 2, 2021, revealed that Medicare disbursements for diagnostic radiology services fell by $890 million (roughly 16%) below the projected levels in 2020. Not only did diagnostic radiology services reimbursed by Medicare fall — revenue for all physician services in the Medicare system fell significantly — $13.9…

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Pulmonary Nodules: What Radiologists Should Recommend

Pulmonary Nodules: What Radiologists Should Recommend

Recently, it was acknowledged that radiologists vary widely in whether they recommend follow ups for pulmonary modules. But this is something that deeply needs examination. A new study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, published Sunday in JACR, claims organizations need to reform this. They remind us that lung cancer is still the deadliest form of…

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Cancer Organizations Endorse Screening During COVID-19

The pandemic has forced people to stay home

The pandemic has forced people to stay home, especially from doctor’s offices. A pain or two can be ignored to avoid the virus and give those who are actually ill a spot in a hospital bed. However, there is no evidence that the rate of cancer is decreasing, which leaves the possibility that cancers are…

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